How to Make a $1 Lightsphere Using Some Vinyl Drawer Liner

In this short video, photographer Allen Mowery shows how you can create a super-simple DIY Gary Fong Lightsphere for about $1 using some vinyl drawer liner and some velcro.

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  • Dnguyen

    Bounced looked the best!

  • Drew Church

    Bounced has its advantages and disadvantages. If you don’t have a surface behind you at a reasonable distance, you have to bounce from the ceiling. This can cause a serious case of “raccoon eyes”

  • Chris Lyn

    I would have to wholeheartedly disagree.The shot with the DIY lightsphere looked the best by a wide margin. Easily.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s inappropriate to call it a lightsphere, because it’s nothing like the named product.  Can’t we just call all non-Fong light diffusers by what they are, a light diffuser or flash diffuser?  Lightsphere is a specific product line, and it might be a trademarked name anyway.  Also, you run the risk of making Fong’s product the gold standard.  There are so many kinds of commercial flash diffusers out there, it puzzles me that people focus so much on the Fong product.

  • Coyote Red

    What ever happened to taping a piece of cardboard to create the bounce surface?  Seems like Fong invented the technique when all he did was create yet another gadget.  Good for him on making it and making money off it, but it seems like folks have forgotten the gadgets, both manufactured and DIY, that’s been around for years.

    I haven’t seen this exact method used before and pretty darn convenient.  I’d probably wrap the loop side around the head of the strobe and attach hook to my accessories.  Makes it more secure. 

  • FastGlass

    I would also experiment with some kind of hard insert inside the “bag” to reflect more light forward, as I think you were saying. Even a gold piece of cardboard might be interesting.

  • Stickoutyourfacephotography

    I like DIY stuff.  But try a Fong, I did… and it stays in my bag.   I would rather have a friend (voice activated lightstand) holding a mono pod with flash and umbrella.  Also VALs can run and get you a beer.   Lets see your plastic bits do that.

  • CarlGeers

    Nice… I’ve been shooting for years and we used to just cut a piece of white cardboard and rubber band it to the back of the flash. I like your method because you don’t have to hunt for a rubber band and you can roll it up for easy storage. Sweet man! Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!

  • Carlgeers

    I used to do the same cardboard trick. I even know a Hollywood celebrity photographer that uses a sheet of white paper that he holds in his hand. Simple is good! I’ve shot with a friend’s Fong and thought it was heavy on the flash head but the quality of light resembled a bare bulb with a bit of diffusion. This method here looks a lot softer. I do dig the fact that you can roll it up. I’m doing to do this but look for some reflective material to add a bit more of a bump to the specular quality of the light.

  • Writerwriter

    Are you seriously arguing this tiny, tiny point??

    The actual point of this vid is how to make a useful product for $1.

  • Anonymous

    You may not think it’s important, but that doesn’t excuse the misappropriation of a trademarked name.